From Jaffa to Agripas – Dance in Mahane Yehuda market
From Jaffa to Agripas was established in order to raise public discourse on the physical body culture in the city of Jerusalem. The success of the events and the enormous significance and impact they had on the audience was unprecedented for a project that deals with the experience of dance and body culture in public spaces. From the artistic experience to the enjoyment this event creates, this vast exposure to the art of dance has a great impact on a large variety of audiences which is indicative of the great revolution that the ‘From Jaffa to Agripas Festival’ creates. This festival is proof of c.a.t.a.m.o.n’s leading position in encouraging open discourse on physical culture in Jerusalem and the rest of the world
From Jaffa to Agripas is a special initiative started in 2014. In the last three years, events have been held over the course of six evenings. During these events, c.a.t.a.m.o.n has presented dozens of dance pieces in the open space of the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Most of these pieces were collaborations between a choreographer and a Jerusalem based artist. The works were sponsored by business owners in the Mahane Yehuda market. They opened their bars to choreographers who created site-specific performances for the festival. In early 2016, c.a.t.a.m.o.n dance group curated three evenings within ’From Jaffa to Agripas’ festival that were dedicated to the connection between dance and video art. ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ events are open to the public, free for everyone and the audience is invited to wander around the market, moving from one bar to the next
The vision behind the event is to open up the conversation about the human body in light of the cultures that existed in Jerusalem. By bringing the dance into the streets, it allows the audience and choreographers in Israel to engage in this discourse. ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ revealed dance and high-quality content to more than 3,000 people during the three years in which it took place. The entire event is dedicated to the cultural mosaic that makes up the Mahane Yehuda Market and the city of Jerusalem. We called choreographers, artists from various disciplines, business owners in Mahane Yehuda market, managers of different markets and cultural events from Israel and around the world, to join us in this revolution of the human body.